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We frequently contribute to media reports relating to our research and contemporary debates about health and health equity, including major articles in newspapers and magazines.

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Life and Other Catastrophes on ABC Radio Melbourne

Professor Jane Fisher has a regular segment on ABC Radio Melbourne's Drive with Rafael Epstein – Life and Other Catastrophes – which explores the complications that arise in our relationships, friendships, and daily lives.

Do you really need IVF? A new online tool can help you weigh up your options

3 February 2021

Dr Karin Hammarberg discusses how a new free online tool may assist people in informing decisions around fertility treatment in The Conversation.

Read more in The Conversation

How much should having a baby cost?

16 December 2020

Dr Karin Hammarberg is interviewed about her work to make assisted reproduction more accessible in low-income countries in an article in Nature's Outlook supplement. Dr Hammarberg and colleagues helped Dr Tinovimba Mhlanga set up an IVF clinic in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Read more at nature.com

Women bear the cost of the COVID-19 care load

7 December 2020

Dr Karin Hammerberg covers recent research findings indicating that women caregivers are carrying the burden of COVID-19.

Read more in Monash Lens

COVID-19: Pandemic alcohol use and mental health problems

26 October 2020

Dr Thach Tran and Professor Jane Fisher share research about the increased use of alcohol during the pandemic and reveal that people with mental health problems are most at risk.

Read more in Monash Lens

The big question you should be asking your friends and family right now

27 July 2020

ABC opinion piece from Professor Jane Fisher.

Read it on ABC News Online

Mental health

26 July 2020

Victorians' mental health has taken a massive hit over the past four months, and data reveals more than half the population has been affected psychologically.

Watch on 9 News Melbourne

So, you're planning on getting pregnant this year

26 May 2020

If you started 2020 with a plan to conceive, you may be feeling nervous due to COVID-19. So how safe is it to try for a baby at the moment? And what are some of the things you should consider?

Dr Karin Hammarberg explains in The Age

Mental health and COVID-19 – how the coronavirus is affecting our way of life

18 April 2020

Professor Jane Fisher discusses Monash University's launch of a major national survey to assess how the nation is coping with the effects of coronavirus.

Read more on ABC Online

Recognising disenfranchised grief amid COVID-19

26 March 2020

Professor Jane Fisher and Dr Maggie Kirkman discuss disenfranchised grief and its implications during and beyond COVID-19.

Read more in Monash Lens

Young people are hungry for good sex education. There's a program in Mexico that gets it right.

10 March 2021

Dr Shelly Makleff has recently joined the Global and Women's Health team and has already contributed to the discussion surrounding sexuality education in Australia, with recent media coverage in The Conversation. Dr Makleff’s research focuses on global sexual and reproductive health and the evaluation of social and complex interventions.

Read more in The Conversation

Dr Claire Stubber

Vale Dr Claire Stubber

12 February 2021

It is with sadness that the Global and Women's Health Unit announces the death of researcher and advocate Dr Claire Stubber. Claire's life was shaped by her experience as an organ recipient, caused by significant congenital cardiac defects. Reflections on her own life drove her passion for research into improving outcomes and experiences for people receiving donated hearts and lungs. She was admitted to hospital in September 2020 and died two days before Christmas 2020. Claire's friends and colleagues are grateful to have benefited from her warmth, her insight, her sense of humour, and her scholarship.

A full obituary is available here.

Improving the development of young children in Vietnam through community based Learning Clubs

1 December 2020

Professor Fisher discusses the extensive Learning Clubs research, which has recently received an award from the World Bank to extend the program to involve fathers.

Read more in Monash News

Should you freeze your eggs? IVF websites don't crack the surface

11 October 2020

Dr Karin Hammarberg was recently interviewed by the SMH about a study auditing and rating egg-freezing information on Australia's largest fertility clinics.

Read the article here

Mental health and the coronavirus: How COVID-19 is affecting us

27 July 2020

Jane Fisher and Maggie Kirkman discuss the latest findings from their national survey into the mental health of Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more in Monash Lens

Coronavirus lockdown takes toll on mental health, with younger people worst affected, survey finds

12 June 2020

The largest survey of Australians' mental health during the stay-at-home restrictions found many of us felt anxious and depressed.

Read more on ABC News

IVF is changing now clinics have reopened. Here's what to expect during the coronavirus pandemic.

6 May 2020

Dr Karin Hammarberg discusses the differences between states and the changes in care for people undergoing IVF during the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more in The Conversation

How are you? Living with COVID-19 restrictions in Australia

8 April 2020

Professor Jane Fisher discusses the launch of an online survey, aimed at capturing the mental health effects of the COVID-19 restrictions in Australia.

Read more in Monash Lens

Reaching health equity through gender competence

6 March 2020

Professor Jane Fisher believes that equity in health outcomes – particularly women’s mental health – can be advanced through gender competence in healthcare.

Read more in Monash Lens